Reading plummets in U.S.

According to a National Endowment for the Arts report released today, “the number of non-reading adults” increased by more than 17 million between 1992 and 2002. 47% of U.S. adults read “literature,” and only 57% read any books at all. NEA chairman Dana Gioia blames the Internet and television.

“Good thing our First Lady is a librarian,” says my friend Christian. “For the record she got her degree in ’73, worked at a public branch library until ’74 then worked at an elementary school in Austin until ’77. Four years tops, but boy has she gotten some mileage out of it.”